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Jakobsen to have reconstructive surgical procedure

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Last Updated: 02/10/20 9:34am

Fabio Jakobsen will have surgery on October 8

Fabio Jakobsen will undergo reconstructive surgery next week to fix his jaw, two months after a horrific crash at the Tour of Poland.

The Deceuninck-Quick Step team member was put in a medically induced coma after a collision with compatriot Dylan Groenewegen as they sprinted to the finish on the first stage of the race.

The 24-year-old Dutchman, who was pitched into barriers and crashed into a race official, was operated on for five hours after the accident.

“First of all, I had to recover from my brain contusion and other bruises/injuries for a long time,” Jakobsen said on Twitter.

“The wounds/scars on my face are healing up well.

“On October 8, I will undergo a second surgery to reconstruct my face/mouth.

“The surgery involves placing bone, taken from my pelvic crest, in my upper and lower jaw, because a lot of bone is missing there.

“This bone will have to heal for several months. After that, another surgery will take place to put implants in my jaw so that I can get new teeth, as I lost them during my crash.”

Jakobsen had previously said he feared for his life and that his time in intensive care was a “difficult, dark period”.

After Jakobsen’s crash, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) said it would study all crashes that occur in the 2021 international calendar and take steps to improve rider safety.

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